This is a tragedy! Travis Alexander, a 29-year-old achieved Pre-Paid Legal Services Inc. (PPL) executive, was found dead at his bedroom in Mesa, Arizona on June 8, 2008. Apparently, Travis Alexander was killed by a gun shot at his head and 27 stabbings from across the whole body. So, who was the killer behind the homrcide? The answer seemed to be very confirmatory based on CBS 48 Hours Mystery–Jodi Arias, (also Jody Arias, or Jodi Ann Arias), the broke-up girlfriend of Travis Alexander!
Raised by the poverty-stricken parents who addicted to the crystal meth, Travis Alexander together with his six other siblings suffered a lot during their childhood. When their grandmother Norma rescued them, she introduced her grandchildren to the Mormon church. It’s where Travis found the faith which later turned him to be a successful motivational speaker and businessman in the afore-mentioned PPL, a company that sells legal services insurance to people who can’t afford lawyers.
Compared to Tavis, Jodi Arias, now 30, an aspiring photographer, had a much happy childhood. She grew up in Yreka, California. She practiced photographing using the film camera when around 10 years old. Since then, the film she’s “used and experimented with could probably stretch to the moon,” according to her biography on her own site Jfineart.com (update: Jfineart.com was found defunct in Hune, 2009).
Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias first met up at a PPL sales conference in Las Vegas. They officially began to date on February 2, 2007. Since then Travis and Jodi were much in love and Jodi made Travis’ world her own. The pair traveled many places (see photos below) including Cleveland, Los Angeles,.
Jodi Arias converted to the Mormon beliefs and moved in to Mesa to stay with her boyfriend. This gradually brought in the trouble, because Jodi and Travis had the premarital sex which the Mormon faith prohibited. Due to all the odds originating from their sexual encounters, Jodi decided to break up with Travis and moved back to Yreka for both of their favor in early 2008.
The relationship of Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander were over according to Travis’s friend Taylor Searle.
“One of the last conversations I had with Travis he was telling me about the conversation he had with Jody where he told her, ‘You know, it’s over. I never wanna see you again. You know, this is it,’” Searle told CBS’s correspondent Maureen Maher.
While Johi had her own story. She said Travis still called her and they occasionally meet up for sex.
“He would call me at night. And we would have long conversations. And he would tell me the things that — the things that he would like to see happen when he came up to visit me, to put it in a G-rated manner,” she said in the same programme.
No mater which side said was unreal, it was true the fact that Jodi Arias appeared at Travis Alexander’s house on June 4, 2008, the day that he was murdered in a savage attack. The onsite scenes made Jodi Arias the prime suspect for committing the homicide. Excerpts from CBS,
Despite the fact that she was expected in Utah the next day, just after midnight on June 4, 2008, Jodi decided to head to Mesa instead.
Jodi says when she arrived at Travis’ house between 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., he was in his office. He spent the early-morning hours working on his computer as he waited for her to arrive. They talked for a bit and then, both exhausted, she says they went straight to sleep.
When the Mesa Police Department began its investigation of Travis Alexander’s murder, they had a house full of evidence and one very strong lead.
Detective Esteban Flores says he heard the name Jodi Arias from day one. “As soon as we began to talk to friends and family, there were certain individuals who gave us that name and said, ‘You need to look into Jodi Arias.’”
“Initially– she was all over the place,” Flores explains. “She told me that she was never here, and the last time she’d seen Travis was in April. Well, I had obvious proof in my hands that she was here during that time on the day that he was murdered.”
Flores says that ‘proof’ was found by investigators in of all places, Travis’ washing machine. “One of the items that we recovered from the house was a digital camera. It still had a digital card in it that had been erased.”
But there’s erased and then there’s erased. Even though the memory card was wiped clean and the camera had been run through the wash, both were sent to the Mesa Police Department crime lab to see if any information could be recovered.
Flores says, “Our computer forensic unit called me up and said, ‘You’ve got to come down here. I have some photos you need to see. And we were just all amazed.”
What they found were dozens of pictures – each one worth more than a thousand words: Flores says the photos showed Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander “in a sexual encounter.”
But that wasn’t the only thing investigators found.
“There were several photos which were out of focus, dark. We couldn’t tell what they were until we were able to enhance them at that time,” Flores explains. “We were surprised to find out that those photos were of the victim, Travis Alexander, during the time he was being killed, or soon after. You can’t see his face, but the injuries on that person match the injuries that were on Travis.”
Another shocking discovery: every image was electronically stamped with the time and date it was taken: June 4, 2008, the date of Jodi’s visit.
Flores says the find is extremely significant to the investigation. “This gave us an actual time when he was last seen alive and when he was dead.”
It was just a few minutes difference between the photos of the sexual poses taken in the shower and of Travis lying on the floor as the victim, making Jodi the last person to be with Travis, according to Flores.
Investigators gathered a lot more on Jodi than a couple of fuzzy photos. All the physical evidence — fingerprints, blood, hair — point to the same person: Jodi Arias.
Jodi Arias’s Travis Alexander’s homicide counts were too like a fairy-tale:
Apparently, it was just a lazy afternoon of fun and games, until, Jodi says, all hell broke loose.
“I heard a really loud pop. And the next thing I remember, I was lying next to the bathtub and Travis was screaming.”
Without warning, Jodi says someone or something had knocked both of them to the floor, leaving her dazed and confused and Travis badly wounded.
“At that point, I sort of was just trying to come around and kind of orientate myself to what was going on,” Jodi explains. “And I looked up and I just — I saw two other individuals in the bathroom. And they were both coming toward us.”
According to Jodi, she was suddenly face to face with two intruders, a man and a woman, disguised from head to toe.
“They were both taller than me. They were covered — their hands, their gloves — they had long-sleeved shirts on. They were in all black. He was wearing jeans. But they all — they had ski masks on. I think they were there to kill him, because they didn’t take anything. To my knowledge, there was nothing missing from the house.”
While the woman kept an eye on Travis, Jodi says the man led her down the hall to Travis’ bedroom and then left her there.
“I saw Travis was on the floor in his bathroom on all fours,” she says. “As soon as this guy left, I just got up and I charged her. And I ran straight down the hallway. And right before she could turn around even and see what was going on, I shoved her really hard. And she fell over him.”
Jodi says the woman was armed with a knife, but can only “assume” the woman stabbed Travis. “I didn’t see her stabbing him. He had some blood all over the floor. And there was some just coming down on his arms and on his hand, his right hand. I started pulling on Travis. And I said, ‘Come on, come on, come on.’ He finally just said, ‘I can’t.’ And then he said, ‘I can’t feel my legs.’
Before Jodi could do anything to help Travis, she says she was suddenly outnumbered again.
“The guy came back in and got really angry. At me, I guess. Eventually, he was holding the gun at my forehead. They just kept arguing back and forth [about] whether or not, you know, to kill me.”
It’s a terrifying scene. And if what Jodi says is true, what happened next is nothing short of a miracle.
“He pulled the trigger. And nothing happened with the gun. And so, I just grabbed my purse, which was on the floor at that point, and I ran down the stairs and out of there and I left [Travis] there. …I pushed past him and – and his gun. And I just didn’t look back.”
It was an unbelievable getaway. Jodi gets into her car and drives away with no one following her.
“I drove forever and ever, until I was in the middle of the desert,” she says.
What is truly unbelievable is that Jodi says she left Travis, who was critically injured, to fend for himself.
Jodi didn’t call 911, she didn’t go to a neighbor and she didn’t call a friend. “I didn’t call anybody or tell anybody,” she says.
“It’s very hard to understand why, especially somebody who was a person of faith, and you loved this man – why would you do nothing, nothing to help him?” says Maher.
“It was — I was terrified. And I was scared for my life. And I think there was a naïve belief that I could pretend like it didn’t really happen,” Jodi says.
That’s just what Jodi did when she got back on the road and headed off to Utah.
When she did finally call someone, it was Ryan Burns – not for help, but to say she was on her way to keep their date.
She made one other call to the one person who was in no position to help anyone. “I thought, ‘I’m gonna call Travis.‘ And it just went to voicemail,” she recalls. “And I called him again, and it went to voicemail.”
Jodi says Travis was alive when she fled his house. “He was still sort of on his hands and knees, the whole time, until I ran from the room. That’s the last that I saw him.”
Jodi spent l……never telling anyone about her horrific ordeal. To this day, Jodi claims that she is consumed with guilt for leaving Travis behind.
Based on the facts above, we strongly believe Jody Arias is a liar and nobody but Travis Alexander’s killer. Nevertheless, Jodi Ann Arias must be convicted by the judges. Arias who is charged the first degree murder and jailed in Estrella Jail in Phoenix, will appear in Maricopa County Superior Court on March 25, 2009. Her trial will take place in 2010. She faces life in prison or a capital punishment.
Travis Alexander murder case Jodi Arias on CBS 48 Hours Mystery Video Clip (CBS Videos Online)
- Jodi Ann Arias shot and stabbed her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander to death
- Travis Alexander site @ TravisAlexander.net
- Jodi Arias Jfineart MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/jfineart
- Jodi Arias MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/jodiarias
- Jodi Arias Blog: http://jodiarias.blogspot.com/
Pictures: MySpace.com, CBS.com, Youtube.com